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By Peter Zeihan

Fear is a powerful motivator, even getting results when the threat is exceedingly remote. It makes us cross at crosswalks even when traffic is thin, pay more over time for fire insurance than our homes are worth, and shy away from snakes even when signs clearly inform us they are not poisonous. Humans instinctively take steps to prevent negative outcomes, oftentimes regardless of how likely -- or more to the point, unlikely -- those unpleasant outcomes are.As with individuals, the same is true for countries.

Anyone can blithely say Cuba or Serbia would not dare ignore the will of their more powerful neighbors, or that Brazil's or Egypt's nuclear programs are so inconsequential as not to impact the international balance of power. But such opinions -- even if they truly are near-certainties -- cannot form the foundation of state power.

By Fred Burton and Scott Stewart

Friday June 13 turned out to be an unlucky day for the guards at Sarposa prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan. At approximately 9:20 p.m. local time, some 30 Taliban insurgents launched a complex and highly coordinated attack on the facility. The operation freed all 1,100 inmates incarcerated there, including a reported 350 to 400 Taliban militants. The attack also resulted in the deaths of several guards -- reports on the actual number vary between six and 15.

By a special correspondent

Government strategies on future security innovation had to be more specific to encourage investment, the Defence Select Committee was told today.

As part of its inquiry into UK national security and resilience, the Committee took evidence from the following witnesses:
- Mr Tony Baptiste, Manager (Business Development and Strategy), Fujitsu Defence and Security
- Mr John Higgins CBE, Director-General, Intellect UK
- Mr David Livingstone MBE DSC, Managing Partner, Morgan Aquila LLP
- Mr Hugo Rosemount, Policy Adviser, Security and Resilience, Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC)
- Mr Doug Umbers, Managing Director, VT Communications, VT Group plc

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